The Precious Four – Diamonds, Sapphires, Emeralds, And Rubies

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The precious four – classics of the gemstone world

Diamonds, Sapphires, Emeralds And Rubies

Yep, these are the big four, the gemstones that have most consistently been favoured and feted. Really there are only three, because rubies, my friends, are simply RED sapphires! But they’re in a class of their own, so that’s how we treat them.

We shall look at an example today, of each of those precious four gemstones –  diamonds, sapphires, emeralds, and rubies. In fact, the coloured babies – emeralds, sapphires and rubies, are mostly teamed with diamonds, and that’s how you’ll see them today, but we’ll also throw in a solo diamond in its traditional colour, white.

All the examples following, are from Bonhams 2007 auction ‘Fine Jewellery’ which took place on 18 Oct 2007, at 13:00 EDT in New York. If you are interested in seeing the prices achieved at auction, just click through the link with the description of each piece.


First up is a stunning piece from a Florida estate with forty pieces in this sale – a lovely collection.
Lot 222 is a late Art Deco ruby, diamond and platinum bracelet, by Tiffany & Co, 1930s.

This bracelet (oh yeah! we’d slip this one on, any day of the week, wouldn’t we?) … it’s designed as a series of geometric openwork panels.  It’s stunning wrist-décor, pavé-set throughout with old European-cut diamonds, and accented with faceted oval-shaped rubies, baguette-cut diamonds , marquise-cut diamonds and trapezoid-cut diamonds. It has a larger ruby flanked by baguette diamonds as a focal point, the geometry of the piece softened by marquise diamonds set as trefoil leaf shapes either side of the centre setting. 
It’s signed Tiffany & Co; estimated total diamond weight: 17.50 carats; estimated total ruby weight: 13.75 carats; length: 7½in.
More gorgeous jewels over the page…

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